The Himba are a nomadic ethnic group, numbering around 6,000, who migrated to Southern Africa from East Africa 4,000 years ago. Their pastoral grounds are in remote regions of Northern Namibia which has allowed their culture to remain strong and true. As with many African tribes, cattle are highly valued. Cows are milked and the cattle are bled at the neck once a month on a rotating basis. These two products are mixed and drunk.
The village which we visited numbered 40 women and children. The men lived in a separate village 10km away. The females are very proud and rub themselves with a ground ochre and butterfat mixture every morning. This woman’s hair is braided then matted to resemble the tail of cattle. The ‘erembe’ worn on her head is fashioned from the dried skin of a goat’s head and signifies that she has either been married for more than a year or has given birth. The conch shell necklace originates from a specific stretch of Angolan coastline.